Research has established that Black, Indigenous and People of Color face barriers to receiving mental health treatment. July has been designated as a month to bring attention to the importance of ensuring children and families receive culturally sensitive mental health support and services.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health provides physicians and healthcare providers with A Physician’s Guide to Culturally Competent Care. https://cccm.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/
- The Office of Minority Health also provides information on health disparities along with links to publications and resources that address the issues in different populations. https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/content.aspx?ID=9447#:~:text=Minorities%20are%20less%20likely%20to,quality%20of%20mental%20health%20care.
- The American Psychological Association provides guidance on Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth. https://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/mental-health-needs.pdf
- Mental Health America provides a toolkit to assist providers in addressing mental health issues in BIPOC patients and their families. https://mhanational.org/bipoc-mental-health
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital On Our Sleeves program provides guidance for primary care physician in addressing patient trauma in their article The Pediatrician’s Role in Health and Hope After Trauma. https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving/on-our-sleeves/for-professionals
- The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health (CIMH) provides a resource directory available in English and Spanish for mental health resources. CIMH also provides information on advocacy and taking action in communities to assist immigrant and refugee populations. https://ourcimh.org/mh-recources
- The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a non-profit organization that focuses on removing barriers to mental health and healing for Black people. Their website provides graphics, journal prompts, videos and resources for use with patients and families. BEAM also provides links to locating therapists for people of color across the United States. https://www.beam.community/
- The Trevor Project provides guidance on supporting the mental health of Black LGBTQ youth. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/2020/06/01/supporting-black-lgbtq-youth-mental-health/
- Immigration experiences can impact the mental health of youth. Learn more about building trauma-informed care for marginalized populations from the Center for Childhood Resilience. https://childhoodresilience.org/yna-resources-listing/webinar/traumainformedpractices